How to understand evidence-based practice and the role of research
Evidence-based practice is essential to improving care quality and has direct impact on patient experience. Here's a student's guide to the role of research in ever-evolving nursing care
Evidence-based practice and research can feel like abstract concepts, but they really come alive when you see how they connect to a patient’s experience of care.
In essence, evidence-based practice combines the best available evidence with clinical judgement and patient experience considerations to ensure we are delivering safe and effective care.
It is important in nursing because registered nurses must practise in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code, and promote professionalism and trust by keeping their knowledge and skills up to date.
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